Archive for the ‘Vegetables’ Category

Made this lovely salad the other night – blackened shrimp, spinach, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, feta and yes…FIGS!

Fig Salad

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Asparagus Pesto

I had some asparagus in the fridge I really needed to use but it was way more than I could eat in a traditional way. Having been up to my ears in basil lately, I have been making a lot of pesto so I thought I could use asparagus in the same way. I cut about 2 cups of asparagus stalks in to two-inch pieces (discard the very bottom of the asparagus). Boil asparagus until tender (time will vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus); Drain asparagus and put stalks into the food processor; add a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic, and start to pulse food processor; slowly add olive oil until you get the consistency you want; add about a 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and blend together. You can add pine nuts to the recipe, but I left them out as I am planning to share the pesto with a friend who can not eat nuts.  I served this over some linguini – very tasty and the asparagus is a nice vibrant summer green! 

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I have recently discovered black rice. I saw it in a magazine and then found it in a local spice store. It is so tasty and made for a wonderful stir fry meal. I cooked the black rice like I would any rice – in my steamer. For the stir fry I made a new sauce:

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

juice of 2 limes

3 tbsp of soy sauce

3 tbsp of honey

2 tsp of sesame seeds

3 tbsp of Sriracha sauce

2 tbsp of peanut butter (you can omit this, but I was cooking for some sensitive pallets and the peanut butter cooled off the sauce a bit)

In a pan – stir fry broccoli until almost done – add shrimp and sauce when shrimp is done, toss in cooked black rice and heat  – serve immediately – it is WAY yummy.

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This is such an easy recipe and a real crowd-pleaser. Chop vegetables into bite sized pieces. I used zucchini, tomatoes, and onion. Preheat oven to 375 – and start a pot of water to boil for pasta. Put vegetables on a cookie sheet with garlic and olive oil. Roast vegetables for about twenty minutes. Add shrimp and feta or blue cheese and return to oven until the shrimp are done. Toss over pasta. I also added pesto to this and it was delicious.

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More fun with figs. This was a tasty one.

1 medium onion slice

1-2 cups of figs halved

2 lbs chicken breast

1 cup broth

1 cup wine (I used white, but I think it would be equally good with red)

2 tbsp of fresh rosemary

Pre-heat oven to 325. Spray non-stick spray on a casserole dish and add chicken breasts and start them cooking. Put onions in a saute pan with a tablespoon of butter and cook until lightly browned. Add figs, rosemary, broth, and wine. 











Let the sauces simmer until it thickens a bit. Add sauce to the chicken and continue cooking until the chicken is done.  I served it rice and with some fresh asparagus.

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 This tasted so much better than the picture looks. I haven’t quite figured out the macro setting on this camera 😦 Regardless – this was a yummy vegetarian dinner. I marinated the Portobello mushroom in soy, ginger and garlic for about 45 minutes. The roasted red peppers I made ahead of time.  Pre heat oven to 400 degrees, slice pepper in half and de-seed. Sprinkle with olive oil and cook until skin begins to blister. Remove from oven and put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. When pepper has cooled remove skin. Heat Grill and cook Portobello until warmed through (about 10 minutes) serve with roasted red peppers (sliced) goat cheese and top with spinach. I put mine in a whole wheat sandwich round and served alongside wild rice and a side salad. Definitely a good summer dish and a nice alternative to meat. I will do this throughout the summer I am sure – you could do the peppers on the grill for that matter – just depends on how much time you want to spend outside. Its been unseasonably hot here so far this year so I opted for the cooler indoor temps and only grilled the mushroom. I think the next time I do this I will top with basil and see how that changes the flavors up a bit.

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Chicken Taco Soup

A member of my book club made this for book club the other night and I had to try it. I made some changes to the recipe she used as I thought I might like it a bit spicier. It is also pretty unusual for me to make something with so many canned goods, but having tasted it, I knew I could make it work.

1 onion chopped

1 16oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 16oz can of chili beans

1 can whole kernel corn (drained and rinsed)

1 80z can of tomato sauce

2 cans of rotel (I got the spicy ones with habaneros, but you can use the cans with diced green chilis if you have a delicate palate)

1 package of taco seasoning (again I used the spicy version)

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Place all ingredients except the chicken in a crock pot on low heat. Stir ingredients to mix in the taco seasoning well. Place the chicken on top of the soup and press down just enough to lightly cover the chicken. Cover and cook for five hours. Remove chicken from soup and shred. Return shredded chicken to the pot and cook for 2 more hours. Serve with shredded cheese and tortilla chips – you could also top with sour cream if desired.  The soup turned out well. You could certainly speed the process by cooking this on the stove top and poaching the chicken in broth, and then shredding it and throwing it in the pot. Either way, it is a good meal on a cold day and we have had our fair share of those as of late here in Savannah.  I found the base for this recipe on allrecipes.com.


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Red Curry Vegan Stew

I say vegan…I didn’t intend it to be vegan, but I think it adheres to those rules – if not, it is definitely vegetarian. This is a delicious meal…always a crowd-pleaser.  In a dutch oven or other deep pan saute 1/2 medium onion with a bit of olive oil add three or four cubed red potatoes – I like to leave the skin on. Stir onions and potatoes together. Add a heaping tablespoon of red curry paste. I use the Thai Kitchen brand. Add about a 1/2 cup of water so that the paste loosens up a bit. Add a can of stewed tomatoes. Simmer until potatoes are almost soft. Add chopped broccoli or whatever other veggies you have on hand. Simmer until all veggies and potatoes are done. Serve over rice.

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This uses the same blackening spices and technique as the Tuna I posted about earlier. The aspargus is sauted with garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The potatoes are red potatoes – skin on – boiled until tender and then mashed with roasted garlic, milk, butter and cheese. Yum!

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First let me apologize for being a bad blogger of late. It is not that I haven’t been cooking. My ever expanding waist line belies that theory. I have just been busy. We are all busy yes, but this busyness left me burned out for much of anything other than more busyness! That being said I will try to do better and catch up on some of the time I have missed.

This dinner was not that recent, but it is a favorite. Anytime I get a nice piece of fish it is a tough call as to how to prepare it. One of my favorite things to do with a meaty fish like tuna or mahi is to blacken it. I don’t have a standard blackening seasoning – I sort of wing it as I do with most of my cooking. In a bowl I mixed together about a tsp of salt; tbsp of black pepper; tsp of red pepper; 3 tbsp of old bay or similar seasoning; and about a tsp of paprika. Mix together well and then coat the outside of the fish with it. Put fish in a hot skillet (I would recommend turning on the exhaust fan as sometimes the blackening spices can catch you off guard).  Cook fish for about 4 minutes per side depending on thickness of the fillet.

I served mine along with steamed quinoa (cooked just rice) and fresh green beans also steamed and both lightly seasoned with sea salt.

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